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Sanguine Nadal says he is not obsessed about Federer s record

Sanguine Nadal says he is not obsessed about Federer s record
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PARIS (Reuters) - Rafael Nadal took sole ownership of one record when he claimed a 12th French Open title on Sunday but says matching Roger Federer’s haul of 20 Grand Slams will not become an obsession.

Tennis - French Open - Roland Garros, Paris, France - June 9, 2019. Spain s Rafael Nadal poses with the trophy after winning the final against Austria s Dominic Thiem. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

The Spaniard once again showed he is invincible on the Parisian clay as he beat Austrian Dominic Thiem 6-3 5-7 6-1 6-1 on his favorite Court Philippe Chatrier.

No other player has won the same Grand Slam title as many times as his dozen at Roland Garros, Sunday’s triumph taking him past Margaret Court’s 11 Australian Open titles.

It was pointed out to the 33-year-old Spaniard a few hours after he walked off court that he is now just two behind 37-year-old Federer’s record haul, with time on his side.

Nadal, however, was content to enjoy the moment.

“Being honest, I am not very worried about this stuff, no?” Nadal told reporters.

“You can’t be frustrated all the time because the neighbor has a bigger house than you, or a bigger TV or better garden. That’s not the way that I see the life, you know.”

Nadal has suffered more injuries throughout his career than Federer and Serbian world number one Novak Djokovic, who is third on the all-time list of major winners with 15.

Even this season he has been plagued with knee injuries, being forced out of his Indian Wells semi-final with Federer before withdrawing from Miami.

His knees were still bothering him as his happiest hunting season began on the European claycourts he has owned.

“I lost, I think, around 15 or even more Grand Slams in my career for injuries,” Nadal said. “So it has been difficult.”

Thiem beat him in straight sets in Barcelona and Nadal said it was at that tournament he realized he needed to change his mentality.

“Mentally, I lost a little bit of energy, because I had too many issues in a row,” he said.

“Mentally I was not enjoying. Too much worried about the health and, being honest, too negative.

Tennis - French Open - Roland Garros, Paris, France - June 9, 2019. Spain s Rafael Nadal celebrates with the trophy after his final match against Austria s Dominic Thiem REUTERS/Vincent Kessler

“After the first round in Barcelona, I was able to stay alone for a couple of hours in the room and think about it and think about what’s going on, what I need to do.

“One possibility would have been stop for a while and recover my body. And the other was change drastically my attitude and my mentality to play the next couple of weeks.”
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